There are no words to describe Carolyn and Chris! They are such beautiful people, and it only makes sense because their families are equally as amazing. They are the perfect match made in heaven, or rather, the perfect match made in the air. Almost literally, y'all! (I may have spent too much time talking with this sweet Southern transplant!)
Chris and Carolyn happen to work for the same airline and somehow their paths crossed as Carolyn's plane landed in Baltimore. Thank goodness for that!! They were both sporting Packer lanyards and struck up a brief, yet memorable conversation before parting ways only to run into each other again that day! Carolyn left a note for Chris that said "Go Pack Go" and that may have sealed the deal. I'm sensing an underlying Packers theme here! Chris found her on Facebook and they carried on their conversations until they finally had a first date in Denver, CO.
Chris, originally from the East Coast, and Carolyn, originally from the West Coast, now live in the great state of Texas. So what's a couple to do when their families are on opposite sides of the county? Get married in Wisconsin, of course! Their mutual love of the Packers, and the "more" convenient, midwest Wisconsin destination meant a small, but mighty group of East- and West-coasters would descend on glorious Lambeau Field. We think they made a great choice!
Their busy schedules, compounded by living out of state, meant that they needed some help. After a last minute meet-up for coffee while they were in town to tour their venues, we set off to help them outline their budgetary priorities and come up with some fantastic design ideas. After that, we met monthly via video across the country to help them progress through their planning checklist. We lined up the best wedding professionals to pull off one fantastic celebration! Take a look below!
Carolyn and Chris, we wish you endless years of celebration and you can be sure, we'll be cheering right along with you during every season of your marriage! Much love to you from Wisconsin!
Ariens Hill at Titletown | Ceremony Venue
Lambeau Field | Reception Venue
Sara June Photography | Photography
Mint Salon | Hair
Simple Simon Bakery | Cake
Happy Bellies Bake Shop | Gluten Free Cupcakes
Nite Lights Entertainment | DJ + Photobooth
Ginger Birch Floral & Design | Florals
Witt & Co. Events | Rentals
Wedding Perfect | Linens & Backdrop
Minted | Invitations
Jenna Kast Studio | Calligraphy
Martina Liana purchased from Bridal Boutique (TX) | Bride's Dress
Azazie | Bridesmaids Dresses
Men's Wearhouse | Groom + Groomsman Attire
Lodge Kohler | Accommodations
Titletown Brewing Company | Rehearsal Dinner
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Planner
Sam and Erin shared their proposal story on their wedding website, and it was definitely sweet!
"Sam surprised Erin with a proposal in Elkhart Lake—a destination the couple enjoys for dinners out and Road America racing. Sam arranged a horse-drawn carriage (*swoon!*) to take them on a tour of the Christmas lights around town. Erin wasn’t expecting what Sam had up his sleeve but of course she said yes!"
It only took about a month for Erin to reach out to secure some help on the big day, and we are so, so glad she did!
They were married in one of the largest churches we've seen locally, yet they kept their wedding party small with only a matron of honor and a best man. We are convinced that her small wedding party had something to do with how calm and laid back the atmosphere was before the ceremony. The smile of pure joy and happiness on Erin's face as the musicians began their prelude, will be a forever memory for us.
Even more beautiful - As the string quartet began to play Canon in D, and the ushers opened the doors, Erin held on to her father's arm before going to meet Sam at the end of the aisle. Hollywood could not have timed it better! (We had some serious chills and tears welling!) - It was one of our all-time favorite entrances. By. Far.
Back at The Osthoff Resort, we set out a few personal items and charger plates, while the staff busily set the tables, lit the candles, and awaited the couple's arrival for a sneak-peek. In true fashion, they traveled from the ceremony to the reception in Sam's car. The impeccable arrangements from The Osthoff's in-house florist were set among the beautiful gold accents of the formal ballroom.
Guests were greeted by a very special table as they entered. Erin chose to have her place card table highlighted with stunning crystal pieces passed down from her grandmother's collection. Guests mingled in the cocktail area around their adorable tiered cake with vintage toppers, before we opened the reception space and the new Mr. & Mrs. kicked off the night with their First Dance and they didn't stop until the very end of the night!
Erin and Sam, what an honor to have been a part of your beautiful day! We wish you nothing but the best in your exciting journey!
Below are just a few photos we snapped of their amazing ceremony and reception!
Holy Family Catholic Church | Ceremony
The Osthoff Resort | Reception Venue, Catering + Hotel
Gueller's Photography | Photography
Renaissance Salon | Hair
Dana Michele | Make-up
The Mixing Queen Bakeshop | Cake
The Wisconsin String Quartet | Ceremony Quartet
Matt's DJ | DJ
Osthoff in Bloom | Florals + Decor
Witt & Co. Events | Rentals
Minted | Stationery
Erika's Bridal Couture | Bride's Attire
Edith's Bridal & Tuxedo | Groom's Attire
Witt & Co. Events | Wedding Coordinator
Audre Rae Photography
Choosing your bridesmaids and asking them to be a part of your wedding is a big deal for any bride. These are the people you are closest with, know the best, and can trust with anything. They’re the ones you want by your side on your wedding day. And to accept the duty as maid of honor or bridesmaid requires a lot of commitment. You’re there to help the bride with decisions, planning, advice, and more! Here are a few responsibilities you can expect as maid of honor or a bridesmaid.
There are duties that a bride may ask from her maid of honor or bridesmaids that could be entrusted to a wedding planner if you were to hire one. These can include:
- Keeping track of time and order of events.
- Bustling the dress train.
- Communicating between bridesmaids, groomsmen, and wedding professionals.
- Fixing any dress mishaps (stains, rips, train bustles falling, etc.)
- Organizing family and friends during photos.
- Setting up your personal décor items such as guestbook, place cards, candles, photos, and more.
- Handing out day-of final payments and gratuities.
- Be a partner, note-taker, opinion-giver at design meetings with florists, etc. to keep the wedding vision streamlined and on-point.
If you hire Witt & Co. for your wedding, then we can help make your wedding planning stress free and easy. There will also be more time for your bridal party to focus on other details of your wedding and celebrate your big day with you!
Hi there! I'm Jo, a certified wedding planner and the owner of Witt & Co. Events in Neenah, Wisconsin. I'm a wife to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart Matt, A mama to our sweet little James, (and a Fur-mama to Scarlett and Charlie!)